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We had the last county convention in MN District 23A today - Faribault County. Next stop - Senate District 23 Convention for the official DFL endorsement! It’s getting real, folks! #klassenformn #vote2018 ... See more
Fun at the Jackson Farm and Home Show with my #1 supporter, Tim Klassen! #klassenformn #jacksonmn #vote2018
Come see me at the Farm and Home Show in Jackson tomorrow! 9 am-3 pm at JCC High School!
Thank you to the St. James Plaindealer and Robert Sequeira for the nice feature story about my campaign! Check it out: http://www.stjamesnews.com/news/20180315/klassen-focusing-on-people-not-party-in-her-section23a-bid ... See more
I am so proud of the youth of our nation today. Don't let anyone tell you that you're wrong to stand up for what you believe. You deserve to be heard. You deserve to be safe. Turn your passion into action - if you are able, VOTE IN 2018! YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! ... See more
This would be a good temporary solution, especially in our rural areas of the state that struggle with limited network options.
Passing the MinnesotaCare Buy-In this year would guarantee that all Minnesotans have access to high-quality, more affordable health care - wherever they live.
I had a great time at the Jackson County DFL Convention today! There is an energy this year that continues to build. As Paul Wellstone said, politics is about the improvement of people’s lives. We need to make that message loud and clear and promote our Minnesota values. #klassenformn #vote2018 ... See more
Happy International Women's Day! I have a challenge for women in District 23A - we need more women in city and county government in this district! Women - RUN FOR SOMETHING! I have attended city, county and school board meetings across the district, and some councils/boards have no women at all. We need better representation at all levels of government! ... See more
So, a pro-gun group got a hold of my gun safety post yesterday, and needless to say, they didn’t agree with my ideas. That’s ok. They can attack me, call me stupid, and insult me all they want. It only strengthens my resolve. I will put the safety and security of our children, law enforcement, first responders and citizens above everything else, every single time. Those are my values and I stand by them. On a side note, there are an awful lot of people who think they are going to have to overthrow the government some day. That frightens me more than stricter background checks. Have a great Friday, everyone! ... See more
My views on responsible gun safety: This week, there have been two gun violence threats at JCC High School – my alma mater and the school that my son attends. Other threats were made in Blue Earth and Granada-Huntley-East Chain. Tensions are high here in southern Minnesota and across the country. We are seeing much debate on social media that tends to drive a wedge between people rather than bring us together. I do not believe this should be a party issue. These are my views on the issues of responsible gun safety. First, a little background. I come from a military family. My brother and uncle were Marines; my aunt was a fighter pilot in the Navy; my grandfather was an Army man; I have cousins on active duty in various branches of the military stationed around the world. I also come from a sporting family – my father is an avid hunter, and my sons have taken gun safety courses and go hunting with their dad every year. I am a supporter of the 2nd Amendment. I am also a supporter of our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe there are practical, common-sense measures that we can take to reduce gun violence without infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens. The words “gun control” seem to incite fears of comprehensive gun bans and confiscation. I would never support such measures, and I honestly haven’t seen any proposals from our leaders that suggest such measures. I value the life and safety of our children, police officers, and all people in our district. I believe that we can and should protect people’s safety while maintaining the integrity of the second amendment. Here are a few safety provisions that I believe would help keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them without placing undue burden on law-abiding gun owners: - Equitable comprehensive background checks with a waiting period: I believe that whether you buy a gun at a shop, on the Internet, at a gun show or from a private seller that you should have to undergo a background check, and I believe it should be the same in every state in the nation. Most gun owners that I know have no problem with background checks or waiting a few days to pick up their firearm. Also, this would even the playing field for gun shops who have to abide by strict rules while other sellers do not have to follow the same rules. - Red flag laws: I believe we should pass red flag legislation that would allow parents, caregivers or social workers to petition the court to temporarily bar people who pose a risk to themselves or others from buying or possessing firearms. I stress – these are temporary orders. - Prohibit domestic abusers and those with violence convictions from buying guns, as well as those on the no-fly list: This should be self-explanatory. These are the very people who should not have access to guns. - Limit round capacity and prohibit bump stocks: The more ammunition capacity, the more people likely to be killed in a mass shooting. - Prohibit the sale and possession of military-style weapons of war: Conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, writing the majority opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller, which expanded gun rights, even agreed that the Second Amendment applies to guns in common use. Military-style weapons are not needed for hunting or personal protection. Their sole purpose is to kill people in war and should not be widely available to anyone. How much safer would our police and first responders be if they didn’t have to worry about facing these types of weapons? Obviously, this epidemic is not just about guns. We also need to increase funding for our schools for more school social workers, and supply funding for schools to improve their security that could perhaps include trained armed guards. We need better access to mental health facilities, especially in our rural areas and even more especially for children, and we need health insurance that covers these services without huge deductibles. I understand that expanding gun safety laws will not prevent every gun death, but even if they save some, wouldn’t it be worth it? Shouldn’t we at least try? Is your child’s life worth it? I know mine is. ... See more